INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (10-2) has finished up its non-conference schedule with a win over NJIT 66-48. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at what we learned.
Elijah Brown Needs to Relax
From what I can tell, freshman guard Elijah Brown need to just relax. He seems to be putting a lot of pressure on himself and after missing the game against LSU is averaging just 4.4 points per game during the past 5 games.
The 6-foot 4 guard was held scoreless against NJIT and finished 0/3 from the field in 11 minutes of action.
Brown is now averaging 6.5 points during his 17.7 points per game. He has connected on 24/70 field goal attempts (34.3%) including 10/36 (27.8%) from three point range.
One good sign is that Brown has been excellent from the free throw line and is shooting 82.4% (14/17).
If Brown can get more aggressive and drive to the basket he will get to the free throw line. Once he sees the ball go in the basket a few times, Brown could be off and running for the rest of the game and potentially the season.
Defense Needs Its Defense
While the Bulldogs have put up some impressive number offensively in a few games, it will be the defense that carries this team to Big East wins.
Butler held NJIT to just 48 points, their first sub-50 defensive games of the season.
If Butler can hold teams down offensively, it will give the Bulldogs a chance to win a lot of games in the Big East.
Hinkle Will Be Important
While the Bulldogs boast a solid 10-2 record under new head coach Brandon Miller, just 6 points from being unbeaten, the Bulldogs still need to prove themselves in the Big East.
One way for them to contend is to win all their home games at Hinkle and steal a few games on the road.
Over the past 8 seasons Butler is 232-34 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
If Butler can get fans in the seats, which they will with the new opponents in the Big East, Hinkle will be a true home court advantage for the Bulldogs.
Attendance for the NJIT game was an impressive 6,504 despite the campus being on Winter Break and the Bulldogs are expecting a sellout as Villanova heads to Indianapolis on New Year's Eve.